Sebastian Cox is a young designer based in Lincolnshire, whose designs reflect his belief that designers today have a responsibility to address environmental issues when developing products, but that this need not take away from either aesthetics or functionality.
His elegant pieces are made using what he sees as an underused resource – coppiced hazel. Grown locally, he harvests it every winter himself. More information on coppicing and his method can be found here. Needless to say, it is an ancient method which provides Sebastian with a huge amount of timber, as well as creating a ‘healthy and diverse’ woodland.
The products in his collection are charmingly simple, and as he puts it himself, ‘unobstructive’. Lightweight and oozing a really natural, rustic appeal, they represent a turn toward honest design and a return to handmade furniture.